Ora Grinberg focuses her practice on US corporate and international taxation. She represents clients in tax planning and tax controversy matters, with emphasis on international tax planning, cross-border and domestic mergers and acquisitions, and restructurings. Her clients come from a diverse set of industries and geographic jurisdictions (including both domestic and foreign entities) and range in size from start-ups to large Fortune 500 companies.
Ora has substantial experience representing buyers and sellers in domestic and cross-border merger and acquisition transactions. She regularly represents serial acquirers and has extensive experience advising on sophisticated corporate transactions. In some noteworthy transactions, she represented:
- Imperva in its $2.1 billion acquisition by Thoma Bravo
- Cloudera in its $5.2 billion merger of equals with Hortonworks
- Cray in its $1.3 billion acquisition by Hewlett Packard Enterprise
- Cisco in numerous transactions, including its $3.7 billion acquisition of AppDynamics, its $2.35 billion acquisition of Duo Security, its $1.9 billion acquisition of Broadsoft, its $1.4 billion acquisition of Jasper Technologies, its $700 million acquisition of Acano, and the sale of its Service Provider Video Software Solutions Business to Permira
- Symantec in the $7.4 billion sale of its worldwide information management business
- Symantec in the sale of its worldwide Website Security business to DigiCert
- Diamond Foods in its approximately $1.9 billion acquisition by Snyder's-Lance
- Shutterfly in its $825 million acquisition of Lifetouch
Ora was awarded the inaugural Euromoney's Americas Rising Stars Award for Best in Tax and Tax Disputes in 2018. Ora also appears in Euromoney's 2017 and 2018 Expert Guides: Rising Stars, in the Tax category. Ora was also recognized by California Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in 2018.
Ora regularly speaks at conferences for professional tax groups and frequently leads workshops on Business Law Basics for new entrepreneurs and small businesses. She routinely provides pro bono services to various nonprofit organizations and low-income individuals, and regularly volunteers for Tax-Aid as a tax expert and co-site manager (for the last 7 years).
Ora graduated Order of the Coif from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall) in 2011. Ora is admitted to the State Bar of California. She is a member of the State Bar of California Taxation Section and the American Bar Association Section of Taxation. She is also a member of International Fiscal Association.
In with the New – In with the Old: TJCA Allows for Full Expensing of New and Old Depreciable Property; Lower Tax Rates for Certain Sales to Foreign BuyersThere has always been a tension between buyers and sellers as to whether to structure a negotiated M&A transaction as a “stock sale” or an “asset sale”